Two-time “Big Brother” contestant Vincenzo “Enzo” Palumbo is one in all 28 actuality TV stars featured on “The Challenge: USA.” The well-liked competitors show will debut on CBS on July sixth.
Enzo, recognized by “Big Brother” followers as “The Meow Meow,” was featured on the twelfth and twenty second seasons of the show in 2010 and 2020, respectively. He positioned third in his first exhibiting and when he returned for the “All-Stars” season, Enzo made all of it the best way to the tip. He finally got here up brief, nevertheless, being topped because the runner-up behind Cody Calafiore.
Enzo spoke with Heavy’s Stephen McCaugherty forward of “The Challenge: USA” premiere. They coated a number of matters, from Enzo’s information of the show previous to being cast, his relationship with the opposite “Big Brother” gamers going into the sport and far more.
You can watch the total interview by way of the YouTube video embedded beneath:
When requested how a lot he knew about “The Challenge” earlier than signing onto the show, Enzo revealed that his brother is an enormous fan. Because of that, together with The Meow Meow eager to strive one thing new within the actuality TV house, he agreed to affix the cast.
“I’ve all the time recognized my brother is an enormous ‘Challenge’ man. He all the time watches it,” Enzo stated. “And he was like, ‘Yo, you need to do ‘The Challenge’ for those who ever get an opportunity. If they name you for that, do it.’
“So, I all the time had my eye on it. I by no means actually watched it. But you understand, I do know the show, the premise of it, and I simply wished to do one thing completely different. You know, I’m like, it is one other nice show that is on the market. To me, it is that, ‘Survivor,’ ‘Big Brother.’ Those are just like the Hall of Fame reveals for me. So, why not do one other one, man?”
Enzo’s choice wasn’t with out hesitation, nevertheless. He was conscious of the acute nature of “The Challenge,” a show the place contestants are ceaselessly hanging from heights, leaping out of helicopters and wrestling within the mud — a far cry from “Big Brother” competitions.
Further, Enzo has all the time been recognized for his social recreation, one thing that is gotten him near the $500,000 “Big Brother” grand prize twice. But in “The Challenge,” relying simply on a social recreation can solely get somebody thus far.
“There was undoubtedly hesitation,” Enzo stated. “I’m like, look, I do not know what I’m signing myself up for. ‘Big Brother’ to me may be very methodical. It’s very social. So, I get away with quite a bit there. Here I’m like, at one level or one other it is gonna need to get bodily.
“So, do I wish to do it? I’m 44 years old. I’m like, look if I’m gonna do it, it is acquired to be now then.”
Enzo Was ‘Terrified’ on ‘The Challenge: USA,’ Said Every Challenge ‘Was Just Enough to Almost Kill You’
Enzo went on to additional clarify the distinction between enjoying “Big Brother” and “The Challenge.” And briefly, “Big Brother” was a a lot much less terrifying expertise for The Meow Meow.
“‘Big Brother,’ I used to be excited for the competitions,” Enzo stated. “I used to be like, I can not wait to see what they acquired subsequent. On ‘The Challenge,’ I used to be terrified. I used to be like, what are they gonna do now? It was virtually like each problem was simply sufficient to virtually kill you. Not kill you, however virtually.
“So, that was the distinction for me. I used to be like, yo, what are we doing right this moment? Like, what are we getting? Are they going to throw us out of a aircraft?
“That was all the time seeping in your head. So, I used to be terrified. I imply, look, it was enjoyable, however it was scary. It was scary as hell, man.”
Enzo Had ‘Nobody’ Walking Into ‘The Challenge’ House
Although there have been 9 former “Big Brother” contestants cast on “The Challenge: USA,” Enzo felt like he had “no one” strolling into the home. Enzo had even performed with David Alexander throughout “All-Stars,” however as a result of The Meow Meow voted him out of the sport, he wasn’t certain the place he stood with the two-time “Big Brother” star.
But, as talked about earlier than, Enzo has a sound social recreation. And he leaned on that to navigate his means via, particularly contemplating six of the 9 “Big Brother” alumni have been all from season 23.
“When I walked in, I used to be like, I ain’t acquired no one in right here,” Enzo stated. “I do not know these individuals. I’ve by no means met him.
“Six or seven have been on the identical season only a 12 months prior, or a few months previous to this. So I’m like, are they tight? Are they gonna stick collectively? So, I’m on the outs of that, you understand, however I all the time consider in me. I really feel like I can all the time adapt to anybody, wherever, any gameshow, any individuals you throw at me, it doesn’t matter what race, creed, faith. I’ll adapt to that, to these individuals with my social recreation.
“I do know Angela (Rummans) was on a unique season. So, I felt like I needed to get shut along with her sooner or later. But, if there was cracks in that complete ‘Cookout’ or no matter alliance they introduced in, I acquired to attempt to discover a method to finagle via that.
“So, that was my factor. I used to be gonna play it cool. Like look, I’m with ‘BB.’ Plus, we acquired quite a lot of numbers proper now. So, I’m with you guys. But if I might attempt to trigger a fracture someplace I’m gonna do it.”